Summer school holidays days out, activities and events for families in Wakefield
The listings below were updated 9th July 2020.
Due to current Coronavirus restrictions, social distancing and phased re-openings, we advise that you to check with each individual supplier, attraction or venue before travelling. Many places are operating pre-bookable ticketed entry only.
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Our Process Art At Home Pack contain everything that your little artist will need to complete at least ten different process art activities at home – including paint! From shaving foam marbling to spray painting, bouncy ball paint patterns and magic tissue paper art, process art activities are BRILLIANT for providing our little ones with the opportunity to explore and create whilst learning and having fun!
The packs are £20 and contains full guidance notes on how to get the maximum benefit and fun factor from the activities AND some more arty ideas for you to try at home too!
I will be delivering these in the Dewsbury, Batley Wakefield area. Please allow up to 5 days for delivery.
With an easing of lockdown restrictions, some of our favourite outdoor attractions and gardens are now open. Lots do still have some restrictions in place and require pre-booking. I have included a round up HERE but please check out details directly before travelling.
Please also stick to the Government Guidance on what you can and can’t do – you can find that HERE.
We’ve picked some of our favourite family friendly walks in Wakefield – featuring woods, ponds, ducks, nature reserves and places it’s easy to push a buggy!!
Want to know more … read our review from August 2019 here
2020 Opening Times:
Diggerland Yorkshire, Willowbridge Lane, Castleford, West Yorkshire, WF10 5NW
The indoor & outdoor play area at Grass Hoppers is now open!!
Things will be a little bit different than before but all the changes we’ve made are to make sure that you feel safe and secure when visiting us for playtime!
For more information and to book your playtime session, click here grasshoppersplay.co.uk
Grass Hoppers is a safe and secure play space for families set in the grounds of Tong Garden Centre. You’ll find a huge outdoor adventure playground and a large indoor play area where children up to the age of 10 years old can enjoy proper playtime!
The outdoor play area includes Jumping Pillow’s, Giant Sandpit, Water Play, Race Track, Zip Wire, Adventure Play Area and under 4’s pre-school area with playhouses and outdoor toys.
As always, our priority is the safety of you and our team, so we have taken steps to ensure this continues to be the case.
|Monday – Saturday||Sunday|
|Session 1||09:00 – 10:45||09:45 – 11:30|
|Session 2||11:00 – 12:45||12:00 – 13:45|
|Session 3||13:15 – 15:00||14:15 – 16:00|
|Session 4||15:30 – 17:15|
The sessions will be £4.50 per child (under 1s remain free), per session and only 2 adults allowed per child.
Booking required. Suitable for babies and toddlers.
Tong Lane, Bradford, BD4 0RY
Check Facebook page for weather closure updates before you travel.
From farms, gardens, walks, museums and even ideas for rainy days, we’ll keep you and your family busy these summer holidays!
Junior Medic training has been transformed into 4 x 45 minute interactive, online sessions. One session per week for 4 weeks all for just £6 per screen, per week (siblings can join together)
LIVE sessions that will bring a trainer to your front room to teach your child/children a range of skills and knowledge that one day could save a life.
We know that equipment during lock down will be limited so we have alternatives that you can find around the house (details will be sent before each session)
Workbooks will be provided each week for you to print at home. They can also be completed on your phone or tablet.
ONLY £6 PER SCREEN (per session)
Week 1 Thursday 6th August
Week 2 Thursday 13th August
Week 3 Thursday 20th August
Week 4 Thursday 27th August
Monday 20th July – Friday 28th August 2020
Magical music classes brought to your home by Mini Maestros through an online portal available on multiple devices accessed through an invite which takes you to a closed group.
Each session is 30 minutes long and full of the normal fun and routine of our classes with opportunities to interact too.
Each week you will be provided with information of what the sessions will have in so you can have fun preparing with little ones first whether that is with instruments or props!
Online Summer Session Timetable w/c 20th July onwards
(9.30am over 2’s, 10.30am under 2’s):
Week 1 – Monday and Wednesday
Week 2 – Monday and Friday
Week 3 – Wednesday and Friday
Week 4 – Monday and Wednesday
Week 5 – Monday and Friday
Week 6 – Wednesday and Friday
£2.50 per session, join when you’re able to!
We love getting out and about in the fresh air and exploring the great outdoors with our family!! We bought a National Trust Family Membership when our little boy was sturdy on his feet and it has been used so many times over the last 3 years!
Whenever we go on a walk where there are ducks, they are always being fed by people of all ages! It is such a good activity to get some fresh air and run off some energy with the kids (as well as being FREE!!)
If you’re looking for ideas of places to see animals in and around Wakefield, we have lots of Mumbler recommendations and details of when they are opening and any restrictions currently in place.
18th July – 7th September 2020, 10am – 6pm
COVID-19 Update: Stockeld Park will re-open on the 18th July 2020. Capacity will be restricted in order to maintain the Government’s safety standards. Steps to ensure a COVID secure site – handwashing and sanitising stations have been installed throughout, and social distancing measures are in place. For more details on the opening click here.
Gold Card members will be given priority access to book tickets and if you had tickets booked for the Easter Adventure, you will be contacted with details on how to redeem these.
Stockeld Park is nature’s playground, where nothing is quite as it seems! With magical surprises at every turn, this is a place to spark even the wildest of imaginations! Our Park is home to an Enchanted Forest, adventure playgrounds galore, go karts and outdoor inflatables!
In order to stay in line with Government guidance, some facilities such as indoor play, the maze, boats and skate won’t be available, as we are unable to safely open these activities while adhering to social distancing measures. This is reflected in the reduced ticket price for the Summer Adventure
The indoor cafe will be closed but there will be outside catering (contactless payment only) and toilets.
Pre-booking of tickets required.
We are excited to announce that we will be opening our doors to visitors again from Monday 27 July 2020!
We can’t wait to welcome all our visitors back to Hull’s amazing aquarium and enjoy a fin-tastic day With over 5000 animals, including spectacular sharks and rays, the UK’s only Green sawfish, hundreds of tropical fish, Loggerhead sea turtles and a colony of Gentoo penguins, there’s something for everyone.
The Deep crew have been working hard behind the scenes to ensure government guidelines are adhered to, offering a safe and clean environment for visitors to enjoy. Noticeable changes will include new opening times of 9am- 6pm (last entry 5pm), directional signage, hand sanitising stations and timed ticket slots which will require pre-booking on-line.
Please note, to avoid crowds gathering, the dive show, touchpool sessions and scheduled feed presentations will be suspended for now.
Find out more about our safety measures, what a visit with us will look like and how to book your timeslot and tickets at www.thedeep.co.uk
Tower Street, Hull, HU1 4DP (Sat Nav HU9 1TU) Open daily 9am – 6pm (last entry 5pm).
Re-opening Saturday 4th July 2020
Cannon Hall Farm opened to the public for the first time in 1989. Since that time there has been adventure playgrounds, gift shop, farm shop, two restaurants and an indoor playground added. It is now one of the largest farm attractions in the UK and the winner of many awards.
Cannon Hall Farm,Cawthorne, Barnsley, South Yorkshire, S75 4AT
Re-opens Monday 3rd August 2020
Step back in time and explore the history of Castleford from Roman legions to rugby league. See a stunning Iron Age chariot or try on a pair of mining clogs.
Saturdays – Family Fun, 10am – 3pm (TBC)
A fun activity that everyone can join in with! Whether handling museum objects or taking part in an exciting craft activity, there’s something different to do every Saturday. What will it be this week?
Have a go at our Little Spotters History Hunt and see what you can find in our collections.
No need to book, just drop in.
Castleford Museum, Carlton Street, Castleford, WF10 1BB
Not open on Wednesdays or Sundays
Saturday 1st August – Sunday 6th September 2020
The maize maze is back again with one of the largest in the UK as well as mini maze for smaller children!
Loads of fun family activities including:
Corn Maze, Finger Fortune Maze, Jasper’s Pedal Carts, Tractor Barrel Rides, Wooden Maze, Copleys Corn Slide, Jumping Pillow, Field Games
10:30am – 5:30pm
Farmer Copleys, Ravensknowle Farm, Pontefract Road, Pontefract, WF7 5AF
Re-opening 8th July 2020
Hop along to Grass Hoppers Outdoor Play at Tong Garden Centre for a proper playtime. Have a bounce on the jumping pillows, zoom down the zip wire, glide down the slides, explore our giant fort, drive around the race tracks and much more!
Grass Hoppers is set in a secure environment with outdoor seating, although we welcome picnics, we still have our delicious selection of hot food available.
We are currently only accepting online bookings, book your session now and guarantee your playtime.
Open 9:00am – 5:15pm
Tong Lane, Bradford, BD4 0RY
I have a strong memory of visiting Hemsworth Water Park as a child with my Auntie. We didn’t live in the area so we had never been before. We had a great time, now that we live nearby I can’t wait to tale mini mumbler here this summer, it looks even better now and has had some investment no doubt.
Charges & Opening Times Easter to the End of September
Open from 9:30am to 6:00pm on weekends and school holidays
Open from 11:00am to 6:00pm term time
Please note that Playworld is open in the October holidays from 10am to 3pm.
– Entry into Playworld is £3.00 per child
– Free entry into Playworld for adults and children under 2 years
11:00am to 6:00pm weekends and school holidays
Pedalo rides – paddle boards, mambo canoes and ocean duo canoes
– £1.00 per person
Beach Shop 9:15am to 6:00pm weekends and school holidays Selling ice-creams, drinks, cakes, confectionery and buckets and spades
Please note that the Lakeside Café is open for a full café style menu from 11:00am to 4:30pm weekends and school holidays and 11:00am to 3:00pm term time all year round
Car Parking 9:00am to 5:00pm weekends and school holidays £3.00 per vehicle
Free parking for Disabled Blue Badge Permit Holders
– Available all year round, dawn to dusk
– Adult day permit – £4.50 per peg
– Child’s day permit – £2.50 per peg
Fishing matches can be booked through the administration office on 01977 617617.
All opening times are subject to weather. During periods of changeable weather please ring 01977 617617 to confirm availability.
Concessions for local residents
Residents of Hemsworth, Fitzwilliam or Kinsley are entitled to a permit for a reduction in the cost of some of the facilities that are available at the Water Park. To obtain a permit you should visit the Community Centre with a document showing your name and address. For £2.00 per household each person will be given their own permit which entitles the holder to unlimited free entry into Playworld and reduced price day and annual fishing tickets. You will also be issued with a pass for free parking at the Water Park. Residents aged thirteen or under can obtain a Water Park permit free of charge.
Re-opens Saturday 1st August 2020
The Hepworth Wakefield is an art museum in Wakefield and is free to visit. There are a range of family art activities (not running during Covid restrictions), as well as outside garden and playground.
Gallery Walk, Wakefield WF1 5AW
Re-opening 11th July 2020
Visitors must book their visit online in advance via the KLR website.
There will be a limited capacity on trains to ensure a distance of at least 1.2m between ‘social bubbles.’ Until further notice, face masks will be compulsory for anyone over the age of 11 years old travelling on the trains (unless medically exempt). This is a compulsory measure made by the UK Government as heritage railways are classed as a mode of public transport.
There will be restrictions on the number of people allowed in the playgrounds and a time limit to your play. The Clayton Flyer (miniature train ride around the duck pond) will be open but only contactless payments will be accepted.
Refreshment both takeaway and limited dine-in options available.
Clayton West, HD8 9XJ Tel: 01484 865727
Re-opening Wednesday 22nd July 2020
Entry by pre-bookable tickets only available via their website
Magna Science Adventure Centre is a hands-on experience packed with interactive exhibits. Explore the wonders of science and technology in our four pavilions – Air, Earth, Fire and Water.
Splash in water, work a real JCB, wow at the fire tornado and even explode a rock face! Magna is a coats-on experience set in the vast, former Templeborough steelworks. The awesome Big Melt Show brings the story of steelmaking to life. The fun continues outside with our huge adventure playground and summertime splash park.
01709 720 002
Magna, Sheffield Road, Templeborough, Rotherham, S60 1DX
Re-opens Wednesday 5th August 2020
You will need to pre-book in advance with NCM opens again – more details on their website.
Please note the underground mine tour and adventure playground is currently closed due to Covid-19 measures.
Learn about the history of coal mining & the science behind it at National Coal Mining Museum. You can travel 140m underground with a past local miner to explore England’s last deep coalmine (charge applies). See the pit ponies, run around the new adventure playground, check out the indoor soft play and take a walk around the beautiful countryside!
NCM, Caphouse Colliery, New Road, Overton, WF4 4RH
Nostell is right on Wakefield’s doorstep situated between Wakefield and Pontefract. Even if you don’t have NT membership, you can pay for parking and get access to lots of the parkland area! Our favourite walk / cycle is past the house, down towards the lake to feed the ducks and swans and then up the hill to the obelisk. You can either return on the fun cycle path down the hill or walk turning in either direction to make a circular loop back to the lake!
With NT membership, you get access to the house, the gardens at the rear of the house, as well as the outdoor adventure play area!
Christmas is magical at Nostell too and we had a really lovely walk, following their trail at Christmas 2019 … read our review here
Pre-booking is essential and staff will not allow you onto the site without your pre-purchased e-ticket.
Members – Free
Non-members – £5.00 per car
To purchase your tickets and for T&Cs please BUY HERE
Parkland, Toilets & Tearoom open
10am – 5pm
Doncaster Road, Nostell, Wakefield WF4 1QE
Re-opens 13th July 2020
The public can return to Pontefract Castle and its children’s playground from 13 July and its visitor centre on 21 July. The café is scheduled to re-open 28 July and gift shop in August.
Discover the story of one of Britain’s most important castles, so vast and powerful that it was known in its heyday as the Key to the North. Experience history brought to life through fun family events and activities.
Dungeon Tours most Fridays, and every Saturday and Sunday at 1:15pm. Additional tours in school holidays (Adults £3, Children £1.50)
Castle Entrance is FREE
The Lodge Castle Chain, Pontefract WF8 1QH (SAT NAV WF8 2JR)
Contact: 01977 723440
Re-opening Monday 20th July 2020
Step inside our beautiful art nouveau building to discover a world where voting, Civil Wars and liquorice collide. Celebrate the captivating stories of Pontefract and its people, from glass-making to horse-racing, and find lots of fun for families with craft activities, a liquorice-themed soft play area, dressing-up costumes and even a market stall based on Pontefract’s Buttercross.
Saturdays – Family Fun, 11am – 3pm
Join us for a lively activity session that everyone can take part in! There is something different to do every week, from handling museum objects to getting creative with a colourful craft activity. There’s no need to book, just drop in.
While you’re visiting, follow a trail around the displays, try on some medieval hats or sport some colourful racing silks and ride a Georgian rocking horse.
Pontefract Museum, 5 Salter Row, Pontefract, WF8 1BA
Hoping to re-open in August 2020
During the school holidays, after school and every weekend morning Reel Cinemas brings you Kids Club!!
Tickets for Kids Club are priced £2.00 for a 2D movie and £3.00 for a 3D movie!!
What a bargain! Oh and you get free parking at The Ridings Centre too!!
You can enjoy the beauty of the lake on a circular walk at any time. There are always plenty of opportunities to spot birds and wildlife.
The visitors centre and small cafe
Children can take part in pond dipping during Spring & Summer months
9:30am – 4pm
Access is free, parking charges apply
Newton Lane, Castleford, WF10 2BH
With the disruption caused by COVID-19 and the impact of social distancing on schools and public libraries, the all-new digital Summer Reading Challenge with its Silly Squad theme will launch earlier than usual to keep children reading over the summer and support parents and carers with children already at home. This year it will be running from June to September 2020. A whole host of virtual (super silly!) curated events with guest celebrities and authors will take place on Friday 5 June to mark the launch of the new digital Challenge. The website will be free to access, featuring games, quizzes and digital and downloadable activities to incentivise and encourage children and their families to take part in the Challenge at home. Although library buildings are closed, libraries will also continue to deliver the Challenge through virtual services and e-lending platforms.
The Summer Reading Challenge encourages children aged 4-11 to read during the long summer holiday with research showing that children’s reading can ‘dip’ severely during the summer if they do not have regular access to books. With school life disrupted and many children missing the company of their friends, this year’s Summer Reading Challenge will be all the more vital as a way of helping parents and carers find fun, family-friendly activities, maintain literacy levels and create a safe space for children to connect with their peers.
This year’s theme will also offer families a chance to have fun and just “GET SILLY!”, with children being encouraged to read anything that makes them happy – whether it be a comic, joke book, poetry, fiction or non-fiction, in digital or print format, from e-book lending through the public library service or from what they already have at home, with the Summer Reading Challenge official book collection as a guide.
Open from 18th July 2020
Set in beautiful countryside next to Cannon Hall Country Park, 5-10 minutes off the M1. Each year there is a new design and puzzle and this year it will be a special tribute to the NHS. Complete the challenge to get out!
COVID-19 Update – This year there are many more open spaces so that visitors can pass each other safely and maintain social distancing. There is lots of space in the games field for picnics and a daily BBQ offering homemade burgers and an ice cream cart with fresh home-made ice cream. Pre-booking is not required but numbers will be controlled on the day.
Running from 18th July 2020, 10:30am – 6pm (last entry 4:30pm)
The Maize Maze, Cawthorne, S75 4AS
Phased re-opening from 11th July 2020
Libraries in Horbury, Hemsworth and Normanton will be the first to re-open on 11 July. Pontefract and Airedale libraries on 13 July and Sandal, South Elmsall, Featherstone, Stanley and Castleford on 20 July.
The re-start of the mobile library service and re-opening of Ossett Library are being planned for early August.
The date for the re-opening of Wakefield Library will be announced at the same time as Customer Services, Licensing and Revenue and Benefits when the building re-opens to the public.
Re-opening 27th July 2020
Wakefield Museum has gone Egyptian mad with the opening of Gateway to Eternity: Death and the Afterlife in Ancient Egypt where you can step inside a recreated ancient Egyptian tomb.
Treasures on display include grave goods borrowed from the British Museum and National Museums Liverpool World Museum, alongside the mummy of a woman named Perenbast, a temple singer who lived over 2,500 years ago, on loan from The Manchester Museum, The University of Manchester.
Tuesdays – Mini Museum Explorers, 10:30am – 1pm
Drop in Egyptian themed fun for the under 5s.
This drop-in family activity session is free, and there is no need to book.
Saturdays – Family Fun, 11am – 3pm
Get hands on with some creative crafts or take the rare opportunity to handle our precious museum objects. There’s something different to do every Saturday.
While you’re visiting, try out one of our Digi-trails and see what treasure you can find!
This drop-in family activity session is free, and there is no need to book.
Wakefield One, 159 Mulberry Way, Wakefield, WF1 2UP
Escape to the great outdoors this Summer
Experience a traditional wild camping escape in the heart of nature at Yorkshire Wildlife Park. Campers of all ages can enjoy an unforgettable fun family night (or two) under the stars. Get special rates for park tickets and book an after-hours safari tour.
Phone (01302) 535057